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Hydrant Hose Honors Geneva’s Ciancaglini


The Hydrant Hose Company of the Geneva Fire Department has honored Ray Ciancaglini by naming him one of only seven honorary company members since the 1930s.

“Of all the awards I have won,” said Ciancaglini, “this is the most heartfelt award to me and I hold it in the highest regard. Being part of an organization of role model heroes who put their lives on the line every day and are stellar contributors to the Geneva community is an honor and privilege that is very humbling.”

The Hydrant Hose Company was founded in 1880 and is the oldest of the three companies making up the Geneva Fire Department. The other two companies are the Nester Hose Company and the CJ Folger Hook and Ladder Company. The honorary membership position has always been in the company bylaws and going back to the 1930s company records list only seven other honorary members. They are: Geneva Fire Department Chiefs Lou McGuigan, Carl Neagele, Ralph DeBolt and Mike Combs, William Fuller, an accountant who helped with the new firehouse, and Judge Craig Doran, who was named when he was a state assemblyman.

More than two years ago, Ciancaglini presented a First Responder Role Model Night at McDonough Park. The former professional boxer has been battling Parkinson’s Syndrome and Dementia Pugilistica for many years as a direct result of numerous untreated concussions he suffered during his boxing career. He started The Second Impact organization to tell his story of the mistakes he made not properly addressing concussions and the lifelong consequences he suffered as a result. The organization’s goal is to raise awareness, offer support and encourage being honest about concussion symptoms.

Just last fall, more than 300 people turned out for The Second Impact’s Shields of Honor Gala honoring first responders on Nov. 3 at Ventosa Vineyards and the event raised $32,000 for Geneva fire and police officers. This year’s Shields of Honor will be on November 1st at Ventosa.

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